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There are legal and practical merits on both sides of the issue. Nozzolio pointed to a section of New York's Constitution that says the census data "shall be controlling" for redistricting purposes.
For black residents and their lawyers, diluting the strength of any one black voter is problematic.
"If there has been a discriminatory voting change, it is not absolved because there have been ten or one hundred non-discriminatory changes; the act of discrimination is still odious," wrote lawyers for the defendants who intervened in the case, including the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
Fifteen years ago, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit flouted Supreme Court law when it struck down affirmative action at the University of Texas Law School. Last week, in an act of redemption, the appellate court upheld an admissions plan for undergraduates at the University of Texas at Austin that takes race into account to encourage diversity. The plan was adopted after the Supreme Court again approved affirmative action in higher education in 2003.
LDF Successfully Defends Race-Conscious Admissions in Higher Education
Federal Court Upholds UT Austin’s Admissions Plan as a Constitutional Pursuit of Diversity
BATON ROUGE — Louisiana departments aren't complying with a federal law that requires public assistance agencies that serve low-income residents to offer them voter registration, a civil rights group said Wednesday.
Lawyers representing the Louisiana State Conference of the NAACP sent a complaint letter to Secretary of State Tom Schedler, the Department of Children and Family Services and the Department of Health and Hospitals, asking for corrective action.